From Dhoni, Yuvraj, Stokes to Morris: Most expensive players in IPL auction. Photo | IPL (BCCI) Photograph:( Agencies )
Over the years, many rising talents or established names have earned big during the IPL auctions. Before the IPL 2022 auction kicks off in Bengaluru, here's a look at the most expensive players in each auction:
The IPL 2022 mega auction is less than a month away. During the recently-held IPL General Council Meeting, the BCCI finalised the auction date, i.e. February 12 and 13, as the showpiece event took place in Bengaluru. All eyes will be on the non-retained players, which comprises several marquee players such as KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, David Warner, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Kagiso Rabada, Rashid Khan and the likes. Six of them will be picked by the two new IPL franchises -- Lucknow and Ahmedabad -- who have the luxury to choose three players each before the auction proceedings.
The IPL auction has always hogged the limelight, since 2008, as franchises shed a huge chunk of money on players from various countries or of different age bracket. Over the years, many rising talents or established names have earned big during the IPL auctions. Before the IPL 2022 auction kicks off in Bengaluru, here's a look at the most expensive players in each auction:
The list includes some marquee players such as MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Ben Stokes, Pat Cummins, Dinesh Karthik, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Morris and some underrated names -- Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Chakravarthy.
|Year||Players & Teams||Price|
|2008||MS Dhoni (CSK)||INR 9.5 crore (95 million)|
|2009||Kevin Pietersen (RCB), Andrew Flintoff (CSK)||INR 9.8 crore (98 million)|
|2010||Shane Bond (KKR), Kieron Pollard (MI)||INR 4.2 crore (42 million)|
|2011||Gautam Gambhir (KKR)||INR 14.9 crore (149 million)|
|2012||Ravindra Jadeja (CSK)||INR 12.8 crore (128 million)|
|2013||Glenn Maxwell (MI)||INR 6.3 crore (63 million)|
|2014||Yuvraj Singh (RCB)||INR 12.5 crore (125 million)|
|2015||Yuvraj Singh (DC)||INR 16 crore (160 million)|
|2016||Shane Watson (RCB)||INR 9.5 crore (95 million)|
|2017||Ben Stokes (RPS)||INR 14.5 crore (145 million)|
|2018||Ben Stokes (RR)||INR 12.5 crore (125 million)|
|2019||Jaydev Unadkat (RR), Varun Chakravarthy (KKR)||INR 8.4 crore (84 million)|
|2020||Pat Cummins (KKR)||INR 15.5 crore (155 million)|
|2021||Chris Morris (RR)||INR 16.25 crore (162.5 million)|
Talking about the IPL 2022 edition, the BCCI will once again be under the scanner for hosting the 15th edition smoothly, with the Covid-19 pandemic still not over. As of now, no final decision has been taken regarding the venues for the upcoming season. The Sourav Ganguly-led board will finalise the venues and share the full schedule after monitoring the Covid-19 situation nationwide. If hosting the cash-rich league in India becomes out of the picture, BCCI will look to take the IPL in Sri Lanka, South Africa or the UAE (as per reports).